Take a road trip to discover the charm of our region’s outlying historic villages. Enjoy a beer in a country pub, fossick for gold, capture heritage streetscapes or simply enjoy the natural beauty and surrounds.
Just 11km from Rylstone, the very picturesque Bylong Valley was first explored by William Lawson in 1822 after the discovery of the Goulburn River which was named after Henry Goulburn, the Colonial Secretary. Today the Bylong Valley is a lush and green area famous for racehorse and beef cattle studs. There is a general store, a school and a public hall.
Just over 40km from Kandos, Glen Alice sits at the beginning of the Wollemi National Park, a completely uninhabited area which extends north along the Great Dividing Range. At the north-east end, the Nile Creek rises and flows down over wide sandy flats. This area is one of sheep and cattle. It is said to have been much favoured by many artists for its scenery and colours.
Situated deep in the Capertee Valley, the second largest enclosed valley in the world, Glen Davis is located on tourist drive 2 and easily accessible. It’s the ideal place to view the changing colours of the magnificent 500m escarpments of the Wollemi National Park. The town was established in 1939 to service the shale oil petroleum requirements of Australia in WWII and was named after the Davis Gelatine family who bankrolled it.
What remains today are mine ruins that are open for tours on weekends and a restored Art Deco Boutique Hotel. It is also the gateway to Coorangooba Campground and the Newness Pipeline walking track. Notably, the valley is listed as one of the top 50 bird-watching spots in the world as an International Important Bird Area (IBA).
40km from Mudgee, Hargraves is often referred to as the veteran of the region’s gold towns. The gold rush began there in 1851 with the discovery of the famous ‘Kerr’s Hundredweight’, a nugget which contained 1,272 ounces of gold. Since the surge of miners that followed this discovery, Hargraves is now a quiet and peaceful village with a general store, post office and school.
Lue (chain of waterholes) believed to be pronounced in the Aboriginal language like ‘Loo-wee’ was originally named Dungaree. The village was moved to allow for the installation of the rail line in 1884 when it was a busy little village on the route to the Hunter Region. In its heyday, Lue boasted a bakery, hotel, blacksmith, two general stores, a product merchant and butcher. Today there’s a popular pub, the unique Lue Pottery and some self-contained and farm stay accommodation options. Take the scenic drive to Rylstone from Mudgee via Lue.
One of the area’s most successful gold mining towns. Gold was still Sofala’s primary industry right up to the 1940s. Today, you can enjoy the town’s heritage streetscape and still fossick for gold dust in the Turon River. Located just under 50km from Kandos.
Nestled in a beautiful valley 40km south-west of Mudgee, Windeyer is steeped in history. Gold was discovered in 1851 and during that era it was common for fossickers to yield up to four ounces of gold per pan. The heritage listed 1911 Windeyer Hotel still operates today, as does a caravan park where you can hire gold panning equipment. Some of the world’s best superfine wool comes from this district.
The gateway to the Goulburn River National Park. According to records, a noted pastoralist called Fitzgerald was one of the first settlers in Wollar who employed many shepherds and stockmen to supervise his cattle and sheep. The village was officially declared in March 1885.
Why Visit the Mudgee Region?
Just a three and half hour road trip, or 50 minute flight, from Sydney you’ll find an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re looking for the romance of a country escape, a place to celebrate with friends or a desire to explore our region’s heritage you will find a great range of lodging options, making Mudgee Region the obvious choice for your next getaway. There’s such diversity in the region: a great mix of restaurants, pubs, clubs all with different offerings. Art has grown over the last few years with galleries, museums, sculptures in the parks; attracting artists from all over the world. Our world-class wines and wineries offer so many different varieties to suit every palate with the winemaker themselves, in most cases, on-hand to enhance the experience.
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Overlooking the vineyard and the stunning Mudgee valley, Moothi Estate is the perfect spot to kick back + soak up panoramic views with delicious food, drinks + superb wine.
Experience true luxury at Mudgee’s unique fine dining restaurant at the Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery. With menu’s that pay homage to the land, it’s no wonder Pipeclay is at the top of every foodies list!
We’ve Got it Made
We’ve Got it Made is a quaint little store located in the historic town of Rylstone. Truly a ‘one-stop shop’ stocking everything from local produce to clothing +accessories, drop in today for the ultimate shop local experience!
Great quality rooms at a great country price! The Kandos Hotel is located right at the entrance to the main town of Kandos and your friendly hosts are Ray & Julie Odgers. Wake up to the tranquility of birds singing and the smell of a great country breakfast. True country hospitality.
Centrally located to Mudgee CBD and just 50 metres from Club Mudgee, Soldiers Motel is just around the corner from cafes, restaurants, pubs and boutique shopping, the perfect, convenient stay for your next getaway.
Warakirri Dining Experience
Enjoy Australian native food + beverages, prepared in a unique fusion of modern techniques with traditional methods. Accompanied by authentic cultural entertainment, musical and cultural storytelling, and the in-depth knowledge of Aboriginal culture + food.